White: a Beautiful But Impractical Choice of Color for Drone Bodies
The color white is undoubtedly a popular color for drones. In so far as the world of technology is involved, the color white is also a favourite for bigger brands, like Apple and Tesla, for instance. It's also the color of choice for highly popular drones, like the Phantom series by DJI, the Breeze 4K by Yuneek, or even the Karma drone by GoPro. Despite the alluring nature of the color white, it's easy to overlook the fact that when it comes to drones, the white plastic that often forms the body of a drone is prone to change to a much less appealing yellowish color when exposed to the sun. This occurs whether you fly your drone outdoors in the sun or leave it sitting on a shelf that is exposed to sun light. The good news about this chemical process gone bad is, there are certain things you can do to try and whiten your drone back to its original pearly white. Here are our favourites techniques.
Before Your Start
For the most part, we assume those reading this care enough about their drone to even consider giving it a 'whitening' makeover. It is also probable that the drone was of such a value that it's worth trying to maintain in pristine condition, be it to preserve or increase its re-sell value. Whatever the case may be, you'll want to ensure the surfaces to which you'll be applying the whitening technique suggested below is completely and entirely free from dust, dirt, sand, etc. Needless to say, you'll also want to triple check that your drone is powered off before applying these whitening techniques; remove the battery. Finally, you will also want to ensure you are wearing gloves appropriate for handling household chemicals. Choose a safe area in your home (far away from children and pets) where your drone can be left to sit and whiten undisturbed. Without further ado, here are some techniques you can try to bring your 'sun tanned' drone back to its original pearly white color.
Suggested Whitening Techniques for Your Drone
1. Comet: Place some Comet cleaner on a cloth, sponge or any other preferred soft-surface object for scrubbing. Thoroughly scrub all the affected surfaces of your drone until the desired level of whiteness is achieved.
2. Peroxide: Fill your sink or appropriate container with hydrogen peroxide (standard 3% sold in pharmacy). Add 1/4 teaspoon of Oxy laundry booster for each gallon of peroxide. Wet a cloth or paper towel with the mix, and apply it to all the affected surfaces of your drone (like a bandaid or paper mache). Set the drone under a UV light or in the sunshine, and let the surface of the cloth or paper towel sit on the affected areas of your drone until the level of whitening desired has been achieved (the time for this whitening procedure is approximately 2 to 6 hours).
3. Bleach: Fill a sink or container with a small amount of bleach mixed with water (approximately 50/50). Ensure you're wearing a pair of gloves appropriate to the task. Dip a cloth or paper towels in the mix, and apply it as you would to a "paper mache" object, i.e. like a bandaid to the areas of your drone you desire to whiten. Let it sit for a few hours or until the desired level of whiteness is reached. Clean all affected surfaces with a wet cloth. Ensure it is completely dry before re-using. As mentioned above, use a can of compressed air, fan or hair dryer to ensure all inside and outside surfaces are completely dry.
4. Buy Replacement Parts: if none of the above techniques work (or if none of these techniques are appealing), the other option is to look for replacement parts. For most drones, you can buy a brand new shell/outer body and replace it without much difficult. The result of this approach is, of course, unmatchable by any of the just discussed whitening techniques.
Before Powering On Your Drone
Once you have completed your preferred method of whitening, it is critical that you thoroughly clean any remaining chemicals from your drone. You can do this by simply using a cleaning cloth and water. Perhaps more importantly, however, is that you ensure all outer and inner surfaces of your drone are 100% dry. If necessary, use a can of compressed air, fan or even a blow dryer (with cool air setting on). Letting it dry or 24-48 hours is not a bad idea as even the lightest moisture on the wrong component of your drone could make it unusable.